St Mary the Virgin & St Michael

St Mary and St Michael's church is said to have very early origins, as 9th and 10th century richly carved crosses were found on the site and are now on display in the church.

About this church

The building's history is palpable and its setting is peaceful. Clues to the building's development can be found in the changes in its stonework including evidence of a Georgian ceiling, which was removed in the early 1900s to reveal the roof.

The tower has very thick walls and was perhaps used as a place of refuge.

Timber is a key feature of the inside, including the pews, a rare 18th century 3 decker pulpit, the roof timbers (which are dated 1598) and the richly decorated timber work of 1910.

There are also interesting stained glass windows, including fragments of medieval armorial stained glass in the chancel, and a gallery at the west end dating from 1828.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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